Bob the Bouler wins the Luchon Melee Cup!

The last melee of the season, on Sunday lunchtime (30th), was won by Bob Laughton. Fine weather, but with a cold wind, brought out 21 competitors, to play over 4 rounds of triples with different team partners.
Thanks to all who took part and enjoyed a shared, an extensive ‘pot luck’ buffet lunch both during the competition, and for a few, afterwards at Cafe Nero!
Bob Laughton was victorious with 4 wins (28 points), with Nigel Clay and Brenda Sutcliffe joint runners up with 25 points.

Thanks to Sue Howe for organising, and all those who contributed to the feast.

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Club Chairman, Nigel Clay, presenting the ‘Luchon’ trophy to Bob – he’s the old chap with a flat cap, club top and wearing glasses – but shorter!

Final Melee

The last melee of the season was played on 30 Sep. The weather was fine but a cold wind. There were 21 attendees, thank you all for coming on such a cold day.
 We had an open picnic and the food was fantastic as always. A few of us took the remainder and ate in Cafe Nero. 
Bob was victorious with 4 wins. Well done Bob. Nigel C and Brenda came joint 2nd with 25 points each.

Sue Howe


St. Michael’s Cup Final 13 Sep, 2018

Champions regain the Saint Michael’s Cup

Reigning champions, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ completed back to back victories by winning this year’s Saint Michael’s Cup at The Pierhead Bouledrome on Thursday evening (13/9). Coming from behind, Jim Mosssman’s team, with Charles Stewart and Jeremy Fenn, overtook ‘Under the Coche’ in a tight finish to run out winners by 13 points to 10.

The crowd’s favourites and constant supporters of the competition since it started in 2012, ‘Mange Tout Rodney’ won the Plate competition. In doing so, Jon Park, plus Tim and John Swales, representing Appleyard and Trew, completed the set of the three different trophies in successive years (Cup, Spoon and now the Plate). Despite have French connections, Dorian Ennequin’s team were unable to outscore the more experienced trio.

The honour of winning the wooden ‘Spoon’ went to newcomers, The ‘Jokehars’, from Burn Bridge Table Tennis Club. This was a ‘family affair’, with the father and sons team of Rajiv, Rohan and Anish Johar. They overcame the Saint Michaels Hospiceteam, ‘Boulez Vous’, who had finally made it to a final at the 7th attempt, but were still unable to get their hands on one of the trophies!

All the trophies were presented by Neal Armstrong, Director of The Ellis Bates Group, the Club and competition sponsors.

Nigel Clay, the tournament organiser, and Chairman of Harrogate’s pétanque club said, “The event has once again raised over £500 for our local Hospice and continues to encourage and develop interest in petanque in the area. Anyone interested to take part in next year’s competition or finding out more about playing the sport can get in touch with us via the contact form on the Club’s website: